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State roundup for February 25

Hiker who drowned on Kauai hailed from NYC

LIHUE, Hawaii (AP) — Authorities have identified the woman who drowned while crossing a rain-swollen stream near a Kauai beach as 43-year-old Norka Villacorta of New York City.

County spokeswoman Beth Tokioka said Saturday night that her body was recovered downstream Friday.

She was among a group of more than 50 hikers who became stranded Thursday afternoon by high water. Fire officials say she apparently tried to cross on her own and was swept away.

Rescuers tried to reach the stranded hikers on Thursday evening, but high water and strong winds made it too difficult, and the hikers were forced to spend the night outdoors.

Two firefighters were able to help the 55 hikers on the far side of Hanakapiai Stream reach safety after the water had receded. None needed medical assistance.

Boy, 3, hurt after dad’s gun accidentally goes off

HONOLULU (AP) — A Honolulu man has been arrested for investigation of reckless endangerment after a rifle he was cleaning accidentally discharged, resulting in injuries to his 3-year-old son.

Police say the round hit the ceiling of 40-year-old Marwin Juan’s living room shortly after midnight Saturday, causing a piece of metal shrapnel to hit the boy.

The child was hospitalized in stable condition.

Juan told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser ( that he’s a safe gun user, and that he didn’t know how a round was left in the barrel of the rifle when he was cleaning it.

Juan was later released from police custody pending further investigation.

Oahu hone book recycling drive generates 86 tons

HONOLULU (AP) — A month-long drive to recycle old, unwanted phone books on Oahu has generated nearly 86 tons of recyclable waste.

Officials for Hawaiian Telcom Yellow Pages and its sales agent say more than 170,000 directories were deposited at four drop-off points at malls around the island.

Officials say the directories will be recycled in several different ways. Some of the books will be used to generate fuel for Hawaiian Electric Co.

The drive is part of a “Think Yellow, Go Green” campaign also happening in other states, including Alaska, Kentucky and Nebraska.


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